Charity Nyirenda, is one of the UK’s leading HIV awareness campaigners, using her own experience of living with HIV for 18 years to promote better understanding.
She has volunteered and worked alongside many organisations in the HIV sector including Positively UK, Embrace UK, NAZ Project and worked with National AIDS Trust as a Peer Expert on the HIV and Migration project.
She has made invaluable contributions to Terrence Higgins Trust’s work on tackling stigma surrounding HIV and encouraging HIV testing.
She is the face of Terrence Higgins Trust’s ‘Can’t Pass It On’ campaign which targets the communities most impacted by HIV in the country, for several years educating people that those on successful treatment can’t pass it on to sexual partners.
She was nominated for and won the Islington volunteer of the year award for her support work for women living with HIV and also her courage for being the face of several stigma campaigns in 2019.
In 2021 she was put forward to receive The Point of light award which is recognized by the Prime Minister. She devotes her time as a dedicated activist for migrant women living with HIV and also continues to fight against stigma.